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Rosetta Takes Stunning Self-Portrait 10 Miles From Comet's Surface

Grizzley9 Miles? (62 comments)

"At a distance of only 10 miles from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's surface, the European Rosetta mission..."

An EU mission using miles as a distance calculation...we've seen this movie before unfortunately.

about a week ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Grizzley9 Re:Not a good solution (546 comments)

Password manager tools are only useful when you are logging in from your own device. What do you do when you need to hop on a friend's computer, or the one at the public library? Or are there cloud based password managers out there (and if so... that just raises further questions).

There are a few such as the popular Lastpass that store passwords in the cloud but encrypted. Many have browser plugins which make filing in forms and storing that info straightforward. That or you could simply look up on your phone while at another PC (numerous mobile password managers). If you lost your phone and that's why you are using a strange computer you could still wipe it remotely and if Apple you could just restore to a new device via icloud. I'm sure Android has numerous password managers that sync with Dropbox as well. (1Password, Lastpass, KeePass, etc)

about a week ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Grizzley9 Re:not quite (320 comments)

That is a pretty retarded argument. "It's good because it sells well". That's the same argument you can use for Microsoft and McDonalds and GM.

The fact that people will watch it for free is no good indicator of quality.

I also believe they used the same argument for Two and a half men.

about two weeks ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Grizzley9 Re:Maybe the aliens are just as religious (534 comments)

Of course, the god believed in by the alien (and mused on by Sawyer, who I believe remains an atheist) is an unknowable, silent, watchmaker god who sprung up spontaneously from the quantum vacuum

Then whatever that created thing is isn't a god or God. Something bound by this universe and it's physical laws in no way can be a god let alone God.

about three weeks ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Grizzley9 Re:Do longevity tests account for crappy power? (602 comments)

However, the power at my house is terrible -- lights flicker and dim several times a day, and I completely lose power several times a year. All the computers are on UPSes, but it would be prohibitive to put all the lights on one.

It sounds like you need to call an electrician and get a whole house surge protector installed.

about three weeks ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Grizzley9 Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (602 comments)

I also write the date on mine. CFL's never last their lifetime in the ceiling canisters they are installed in. They must overheat or something and the electronics fail. I've purchased Cree LED for the pantry and it's light comes on when you open the door. Leave the door open too long and the heat from the incandescent must heat it up as the Cree will shut down (thermal switch?) until cooled. Plus the glass dome over the Cree LED fell off. But still great lights. Will continue to replace incandescents with Cree as they die.

Now if they only made a good candelabra style LED bulb that wasn't hideous.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

Grizzley9 Re:Just don't update it that way. (203 comments)

You can make excuses all you like - other models and manufacturers DO NOT have this problem,

Mod +1 Funny.

about a month ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

Grizzley9 Rigidity (421 comments)

Phones aren't meant to be indestructible. Millions are easily getting along without bending them. If you need extra protection from your carelessness, put it in a heavy duty case. From the videos I've seen of people bending them, it takes quite a bit of force.

That being said, as an iPhone 6 owner, I don't want my next phone to be any thinner unless they invent some case and glass where it is flexible.

about a month ago
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Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

Grizzley9 Re:Long/Short comment (253 comments)

Yes. Specs do matter. If the hardware is bottlenecked in anything the OS really needs: Anybody remember those CD drives that locks the system IO while attempting to read? Or what it felt like going from a HDD to a SSD?

They do but only when comparison to similar OS . As we've seen with the recent Quad core, 2 GB ram, etc specs from Android mfg's that still stutter while another OS brand only has a dual core and the paltry 1GB ram but yet is optimized so it runs very smooth and has a great user experience out of the box.

about a month ago
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Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

Grizzley9 Re:Because... (253 comments)

Are you comparing the list price to the contract price? Because there are very few $200 smartphones that are capable of doing much but the basics and performance will be sloppy. If you want a 1 year phone and don't mind less than optimal performance then yeah. But as we've seen, many will pay for a good user experience over the long term. Of course plans like AT&T's Next are blurring this as more people will be upgrading sooner than they would have.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Grizzley9 Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

Not picking a side. But it's kinda funny when you think about it:

* With an Apple device, you get regular updates to iOS, but your phone will continually become slower (planned obsolescence)

I'm not sure I follow how making software more powerful and "do more stuff" is equated with planned obsolescence? The bells and whistles take more to run and they are using the newer hardware to bring a better experience with more features. But for those that believe in "planned obsolescence" you can always not update.

about a month ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Grizzley9 Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (504 comments)

Step 1: Pull the storage Step 2: Image the storage Step 3: Attempt to bruteforce it offline Step 4: Wait 30 seconds Step 5: You now have the 4 digit PIN

So you're saying their fingerprint reader just corresponds to a 4 digit pin?

about a month ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

Grizzley9 Re:NFC isn't used for just payment (336 comments)

Oh, right, Apple declared proper digital cameras "dead" in their iPhone 6 keynote.

Only if you believe that a point and shoot is a "proper digital camera", and they were right. P&S's are a declining market. They said nothing about today's DSLR's, which frankly I get tired of carrying mine around when my smartphones camera is so good and usually "good enough". The only thing DSLR's have the market on now for non-professionals are the lenses. If someone could make an add-on lens to a popular smartphone that wasn't crap (as most of them currently are) and emulated a 50mm or a zoom, it would take market share. (or if an app could emulate the look of it at least).

about a month ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

Grizzley9 Re:Nope they are clever (336 comments)

I'm not as familiar with NFC yet as I will be in the next week, but there are a lot of payment pads in the US that accept contactless charging of your cc which I'm assuming is NFC related. Barring that you swipe the magnetic stripe. While I like the direction, I'm not seeing that huge of a benefit of "put phone/card near reader vs. swipe card through reader". Still many stores just take your card and swipe it themselves (to be changed by 10/2015 chip and pin?). The only benefit I currently see is the 2 seconds time saved by Apples version by using your fingerprint vs entering a 4 digit pin.

"well you don't need to carry your cc's". So yeah, it will be quite a while before I stop carrying my wallet and I've seen many stores that accept paypal too.

about a month ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Grizzley9 FWP (610 comments)

If this isn't the most First World Problem I've heard of, I just don't know. Of course it's there if you chose automatic downloads. Of course it will show up on some menu as being available to download. This story is manufactured outrage for clicks and I, sadly, fell for it.

about a month ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Grizzley9 Just now? (166 comments)

She's worried that common, private citizens can get camera drones and fly them above your property as if that ability wasn't available before now in multiple forms? What about governments doing it since we've had satellites? So does having 4 blades matter vs 2? As a land owner and private citizen, is she ready to a) accept that I own this column of earth above and below? b) to what heights do I own c) what rights is she now going to work towards removing to rid us of this scary, old thing?

about a month ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

Grizzley9 Re:What spam calls? (210 comments)

I'm not sure. https://www.donotcall.gov/ [donotcall.gov] (620)867-5309

Well played.

Well maybe I'm lucky, but I for sure am not going to post my real # on a site like this.

about a month ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

Grizzley9 Re:Who the fuck (222 comments)

You seem to think everyone of Apple's 500 million customers buy a new phone each time a new one comes out and that their children aren't getting any older to where they also might want an iPhone. I don't know anyone that buys a new iPhone each release even with carriers now pushing that (ATT Next and others). So what you are seeing is the result of only (~80/500) about 1/6 of Apples customers buying a new phone. Let alone the financing provided by the carriers make small monthly payments fairly reasonable for anyone that has a steady job.

about a month ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

Grizzley9 Re: I just want the new Nexus. (222 comments)

LOL. Yes, we use magstripe and signature still. Heck, I even occasionally see an imprint machine being broken out.

The imprint machine will continue to be used (occasionally) even with chip and pin as it doesn't require a constant, live connection. Useful for when there's a system glitch, power outage, or unreliable infrastructure. That's why the cards still have raised numbers and even after it's widely used post 2015, the magnetic stripe will also still be there on chipped cards.

about a month ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

Grizzley9 What spam calls? (210 comments)

Who receives these calls or any spam calls for that matter? Like an ever increasing number of people, I only have a mobile number. It's registered on the Do Not Call list. I've never, to my recollection, received a spam call. I know this is for scammers and they don't play by the rules but it's been like this for a decade (DNC started in 2004 and I've been mobile only since then). Am I an anomaly? Am I not worthy of a spam/scam call for some reason? My phone number is out there and with every online site I need to enter it in. Perhaps I've just been lucky or this isn't a problem for most Americans due to the Do Not Call list? I'm not sure. https://www.donotcall.gov/ (620)867-5309

about a month ago

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Sprint to get iPhone 5

Grizzley9 Grizzley9 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Grizzley9 (1407005) writes ""Sprint Nextel Corp. will begin selling the new version of the Apple iPhone in mid-October, people familiar with the matter said, filling a huge hole in the No. 3 U.S. carrier's lineup and giving Apple Inc. another sales channel for its popular gadget."

This could also mean that despite rumors of a September launch it could be mid October before we see Apple's new flagship product launch, too late to effect their fiscal fourth quarter ending in September. "On a July earnings conference call, Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said the company's September quarter would be affected by "a future product transition that we are not going to talk about today,". While that cold be iOS 5, it likely will not launch until the next iPhone is ready to display it."

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AT&T Removing Texting Plans

Grizzley9 Grizzley9 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Grizzley9 (1407005) writes "AT&T is revamping their text plans for new users. No more middle of the road $10 plans for 1000 text messages. Now it will be unlimited for $30 per family plan or pay per text msg at a rate of $0.20 ea. So if you use over 150 msgs consistently you'll have to pay up."
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